About Joker
Law, A.B., University of the Philippines
Pre-Law, Ateneo de Manila

During the Marcos Dictatorship

Human Rights Lawyer, Freedom Fighter

  • First lawyer to challenge before the Supreme Court the constitutionality of Proclamation 1081 imposing martial law
  • Thereafter, he questioned before the Supreme Court along with others: 1) the ratification of the Marcos-dictated 1973 Constitution; 2) amendment Six that empowered President Marcos to exercise law making powers alongside the Batasan Pambansa; 3) the power of military tribunals to try civilians.
  • Participated before military commissions in the defense of Ninoy Aquino, Eugenio Lopez, Jr., Jose Maria Sison, Commander Dante, Jovito Salonga, Eva Kalaw and many others.
  • Handled more human rights cases than any other lawyer, from 1972-1986.
  • Incarcerated, thrown into a bartolina and held incommunicado and in solitary in a military stockade.
  • Gassed, injured and hospitalized during protest rallies.
  • Counsel of Cory Aquino in the Snap Elections.
  • Co founded FLAG and MABINI.
  • His Professional affiliations include the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association (London), and the Union Internationale de Advocats (Paris).

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After EDSA

Executive Secretary

  • First Appointee of Cory Aquino

Chairman of the Philippine National Bank

  • 1986 - 1990

Philippine Director to the Asian Development Bank

  • 1986 - 1990

Founding Chairman, First Philippine Fund, New York

The Senate extended him rare commendation in Senate Resolution No. 100 "Commending Joker P. Arroyo for His Invaluable Services to the Filipino People"

The 104-year old Philippine Bar Association awarded him its "Most Distinguished Award for Justice" as a "man beholden to no one except to his country."

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In Congress

1992 to Present
Representative, 1st district of Makati obtaining 80% of the votes cast in the elections.

  • 100% attendance record in the House of Representatives since his election; remained the only independent.
  • He has never traveled abroad on government money.
  • His Statement of Assets and Liabilities has remained the same from the time he entered public service in 1986 up to the present.
  • Consistently voted every year by media as "Outstanding Congressman of the Year"
  • Prosecutor in the Impeachment Case against Joseph Ejercito Estrada.

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